LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WEAU) - On Tuesday, Lake Hallie Police responded to an AT&T Retail Store for a report of a theft. It was reported that a male subject entered the store and grabbed two cell phones that were on display. One phone was the iPhone 4s and the other an iPhone 5 that had a combined value of over $1,000.00.
Both phones were ripped off the display causing damage to the display and after doing so the suspect fled the store. The suspect was observed getting into a Dodge Ram van with Minnesota license plates.
Later on, the suspects van was located in the Lake Hallie Wal-Mart parking lot. Since the van was unoccupied the responding officer set up observation and waited for back up.
Before another officer could arrive the suspect and a second person were observed walking to the van with a cartload of unpaid merchandise from the Wal-Mart Store. In an attempt to prevent the suspect from entering the van an officer made contact. While attempting to take the two suspects into custody, one suspect fled and a foot pursuit ensued.
The suspect fled across a large field behind Wal-Mart but was apprehended by another officer, who just arrived on scene, by driving through the field with his police SUV. The suspect discarded a straight bladed 4 inch knife when he surrendered to the officer. The suspect was not injured and caused no further resistance.
The second subject was located through the help of Wal-Mart security in the Subway store. The second subject had dressed himself with stolen clothes taken from the store. Officers located the suspect’s original pants in a trash container after searching the area. The suspect was also located with a shopping cart of about $300 worth of unpaid merchandise. He did claim that he planned on paying for them all, but had no money.
Yusef Abdi, 22, of Minneapolis was arrested for Felony Theft, Obstructing an Officer, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Criminal Damage to Property. Said Ahmed Mohamed, 22, of Minneapolis was arrested for Retail Theft and both were transported to the Chippewa County Jail.
The next day the van that they were operating was reported stolen from a repair location in Minneapolis. This portion of the investigation is still under investigation.